Children and Type 2 Diabetes
The number of teens living with type 2 diabetes has increased in recent years.
Managing diabetes as a teen or adolescent can come with different challenges than an adult may face.
The materials below were developed specifically for teens with diabetes.
Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy For Life
Information for Youth and Their Families Living With Type 2 Diabetes
You can read, download or print the entire PDF document (32 pages) or access it by section:
Entire 32-page booklet (984 KB PDF)
- Table of Contents
- What Is Diabetes?
- Manage Your Diabetes with STAR
- Checking Blood Sugar
- Staying Healthy
- Taking Care of Diabetes with Medicines
- Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) and High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)
- Healthy Food Choices
- Choosing Lower-Fat Foods
- How to Read Food Labels
- Physical Activity
- Setting Goals, Problem Solving, and Managing Stress
- Being a Teen with Diabetes
The Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy For Life materials were adapted from the TODAY (Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) Study. This study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease of the National Institutes of Health.
See also: Preventing Type 2 in Children